Keep Your Cool: How to Dress for Warm Weather

Beat the heat without sacrificing style.

We love summer, but it’s tough to enjoy a cookout or outdoor bar when it’s ninety degrees and you feel like you’ve spent the entire day in a sauna. And they may not as good as air conditioning, but making these minor wardrobe adjustments like these will go a long way in helping to cool you down.

Warm Weather Fabrics To Keep You Cool & Collected

Time to put aside your three season wardrobe in favor of breezier alternatives.

Loosen Up

Slim-fitting clothes are infinitely more stylish than boxy, oversized ones. But to stay cool, you need air flow on your skin, which doesn’t work so well if your clothes are too slim. We’re not saying to size up or revert to poorly-fitted clothes that don’t suit your body’s shape — that’s a bad idea regardless of season. But you can go for a slightly more drapey fit with your t-shirts to keep cool.

Lose the Long Socks

Bare ankles are a breezy touch of summer style, and can make a small but helpful difference in keeping you cool. Sweaty bare feet, though, won’t do your shoes or comfort level any favors. There are a few different ways to stave off overheated bare feet, but by far the best is buying a bunch of no-show socks that stay out of sight even if you’re wearing loafers or boat shoes. They’ll give your ankles some air flow while keeping your feet cool and dry inside your shoes.

Give Your Jeans a Break

A reliable pair of heavy, inky blue jeans are your wardrobe’s best friend… except when it’s too hot outside to wear them. Sturdy denim is great, but it’s a heavy cloth that doesn’t breathe well, which makes things very uncomfortable when it’s hot out.

Luckily, denim comes in all kinds of weights. Look for pairs that are 10oz or less and you’ll be able to wear them even in the summer.

Or you can go one step further and step away from the denim altogether. Lightweight cotton and wrinkled, breezy linen are breathable and comfortable, even in a slim fit. Get some in a dusty blue or khaki and opt for them over jeans.

Put Away the Heavyweights

Forget about your closet full of three-season wool suits, thick oxford cloth shirts, tweed blazers, and the like. Instead, reach for lighter fabrics like chambray, linen, tropical weight wool, and a few others. They’ll keep you plenty cool.

Show Some Leg

Some purists say that a man should never wear shorts unless he’s at the beach. To them, we say: have you ever tried walking around a city on a 95 degree day in pants? It’s not fun.

So long as you get a trim pair — that means no baggy cargos — there’s nothing wrong with a good pair of shorts. Get a pair with a slim fit that hits a little bit above your knees.

And if all that fails, just go back home to crank the A/C and mix up a minty Tom Collins.

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